Cursed In Eternity – Part 2

A few weeks ago I posted some pictures of my first new chaos space marine and noted that, as well as creating lots of new models from this versatile kit, I also wanted to try to recreate some of my favourites that I’d built with the old kit – but in a manner rather closer to the way I’d always imagined them. Well I’m pleased to say that the first of these experiments has now borne fruit.

I’m not entirely sure now when I painted this chap but I first featured him here way back in the heady days of 2014 when this blog was taking its first tentative steps into the world. Let’s take a look at him.

I’m not ashamed to admit, my ability as a painter wasn’t anything to write home about back then. With both my skills and those of GW’s sculptors having come on somewhat it was past time to give this poor warrior a new lease of life, so I plucked him from the box-of-shame in which he was now residing and set about recreating him in a form closer to the way I’d always imagined him.

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And here we have him next to the first of his brothers in depravity.

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Overall I’m pleased with how the evil old so-and-so has turned out, the new Chaos Marines kit is really proving itself to be extremely versatile, so expect to see more in this vein in the coming months.

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21 responses to “Cursed In Eternity – Part 2

  • Warbringer

    Really like this recreation something not done enough and I think that’s either the newer release the models are so cool why not upgrade your force. I’m glad you managed to capture the same essence of the model but improving both the pose and the paint job which only comes with experience. Well done sir looking forward to the rest!

    • Wudugast

      Thank you very much! I think there’s always a balance to be struck – partly you want to just have fun with the new kits rather than just rehashing old ideas, but equally recreating those old ideas creates a challenge in and of itself that’s fun to explore.

      • Warbringer

        Sometimes old ideas are worth rehashing as your skills and experience grows you have the ability or confidence to complete the projects you had the vision. For previously.

      • Wudugast

        Precisely! The new model is very much representative of how I imaged the old model looking, it’s just that I couldn’t quite capture it because a)my skills weren’t up to it and b)neither were GW’s miniatures. Now they are so it’s a lot of fun to go back to it. I remember talking to a friend (actually the guy who got me into the hobby – and a really amazing army painter) who told me his first army was Imperial Guard and he thought he’d done an amazing job painting them. Then after about a year he realised they were actually pretty duff so he repainted them. Then about a year after that he realised they were still pretty rubbish compared to what he could do then so he took them outside, smashed them to bits and used them as trophies on his new Chaos Marines army. It’s an extreme solution right enough but at least he’d turned his back on the Corpse-Emperor and come over to the righteous side!

  • Alex

    Excellent mate – great reboot!

  • imperialrebelork

    Yep definitely and improvement but I quite like the original version too. The new pose is much more dynamic. Well done man

    • Wudugast

      Thanks man πŸ™‚ The original is one I was very proud of, but he’s also very much of his time. Some of those older models I like to keep around, to remind myself how I’ve progressed and how far I’ve come, but I don’t need them all to do that, just a select few (the particularly good and the particularly bad!)

  • Alexis West

    To a large extent, I think your improvement in painting is what really makes the difference. The really key component is that head, I think. Pretty sure you could mess around with a lot of other details as long as you kept that, and some sort of mutated left arm, and it would still come across as the same guy.

    • Wudugast

      Yeah, it was really just the head, the arm and the pistol, picking out a few key details and letting them do the work. It’s really the same idea as when special characters get new models, they may not have the same pose as the outgoing model and the miniature design techniques have moved forward (otherwise there’d be no point in making a new model!) but we still know it’s Kharn or Ahriman or whoever because those focal elements are still in place. It’s a fun little exercise really – and of course it forces me to honestly appraise some of my older work, which may never have been quite as good as I thought it was at the time πŸ˜‰

  • theimperfectmodeller

    Lovely work mate. Looking forward to seeing more as you role them out.

  • Pete S/ SP

    Great work (although I’d be happy if I could do the first version that you are not so keen on myself…).

    Love the concept that you are going for.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

  • Steve

    Really inspiring reworking an older model with the new kits, fantastic work.

  • Thomas

    Excellent redeux, mate!

  • Azazel

    Very cool! Did the original head and arm make the trip over, or were they duplicate parts?

    • Wudugast

      I used the original head and arm for this. There’s one or two of the old models that have some significance for me and so I’ve found duplicate bits to remake them entirely but I can’t really afford to do that with all of them, and I don’t have the enthusiasm for it either, so most of them will be broken up and rebuilt.

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